With essays touching on J. You will encounter a first-rate teacher who seems to be able to draw on a vast range of images and metaphors to press each point home. Through his exploration of the many different connections between art and spirituality, Guthrie uses the arts as a creative lens for exploring the Holy Spirit and offers a unique introduction to pneumatology. Theologian, musician, and educator Steven Guthrie examines particular areas of overlap between spirituality, human creativity, and the arts with the goal of sharpening and refining how we speak and think about the Holy Spirit. Andrews and was on the faculty of the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts.
And most important, you will, by God's grace, encounter the work of the Spirit, sharpening your thinking and enlarging your vision, the Spirit who alone can, and will, remake all things. Guthrie shows how the Holy Spirit and art illumine each other and, together, create spaces where God is glorified and we are allowed to become what God intended. It sketches a thorough and balanced theological understanding of artistic activity in connection with a Christian understanding of anthropology and the Spirit's role in transforming us to be fully human. It is thus recommended for lovers of the gospel and of the arts, for theologians, pastors, teachers, students, and others who desire to join the Spirit of God in His work in this world. Not surprisingly, he employs this theological aesthetic to critique watered-down versions of beauty as mere subjectivity, prettiness and superficiality. You will encounter a theologian who can bring clarity out of confusion without ever stifling a sense of openness and wonder.
You will devour this volume, and it will increase your faith! Throughout, he purposefully draws on a range of traditions and areas of knowledge, giving, with plentiful scriptural references, particular attention to the writing of Athanasius and other early Church Fathers. It is a book that exemplifies the vitality and value of interdisciplinary research in theology today. Unafraid to engage popular conceptions of spirituality and art, Guthrie challenges the latent gnosticism in so much talk of 'spirituality,' returning Christian spirituality to the rehumanizing work of the Holy Spirit. But what does it mean to describe an experience of art or beauty as spiritual? Langford Research Professor of Theology at Duke Divinity School and senior member at Wolfson College, Cambridge. Guthrie has offered to a varied audience a study that is both challenging and captivating as it traces how and in what way the Holy Spirit is active in sanctified human artistry. The second part focuses on the relationship between the Holy Spirit and artistic creativity.
Athanasius which firmly roots the discussion in a Christological view of humanity and the church. Steven Guthrie makes nuances exceedingly accurately, so that his readers are able to distinguish various ideas in Christianity such as 'mortification' and 'beauty' from their mistaken use in historical and postmodern philosophies about the arts. Guthrie draws helpful distinctions that both recognize the complexities of the subject and point toward a workable model of engagement with the Holy Spirit. It will be an invaluable resource both for those researching and teaching in the newly emerging area of theological aesthetics. Guthrie shows how the Holy Spirit and art illumine each other and, together, create spaces where God is glorified and we are allowed to become what God intended. It is scholarly and well worth the read, both for his own propositions as well as for the range of thought he brings in. Guthrie received his PhD from the University of St.
By exploring various connections between art and spirituality, he helps Christians better understand the doctrine of the Holy Spirit and offers a clear, engaging theology of the arts. He previously taught at the University of St. He also introduces an important idea from the early church that is now unfamiliar to many Christians: the Holy Spirit is the humanizing Spirit, whose work is to remake our humanity after the image of the perfect humanity of Jesus Christ. Before some concluding remarks, I want to make two further general observations: one about theology and the other about art. Guthrie has offered to a varied audience a study that is both challenging and captivating as it traces how and in what way the Holy Spirit is active in sanctified human artistry.
His reading of Scripture is, of course very Protestant and clearly reflects a narrative hermeneutic. Theologian, musician, and educator Steven Guthrie examines particular areas of overlap between spirituality, human creativity, and the arts with the goal of sharpening and refining how we speak and think about the Holy Spirit. He previously taught at the University of St. Spirit and Mystery Part 1: The Making of a Human 2. He centers his understanding of beauty on the crucified and resurrected Christ, and he envisions the Holy Spirit as perfecting all humanity toward this beautiful end.
This is one of the best treatments of the Holy Spirit's activity in culture. Creator Spirit participates in the re-creative work of the Spirit to make all things new and beautiful. Spirit and Mystery Part 1: The Making of a Human 2. Creator Spirit is not just another book about the Spirit but rather one that participates in the re-creative work of the Spirit to make all things new and beautiful. The result is a rich, reflective, and learned work that artists and theologians alike have been hoping for. Spirit and mystery -- Remaking humanity: John Coltrane and a love supreme -- Remaking human bodies: kingdom come and the kingdom of the abstract -- Remaking community: singing to one another in songs, hymns, and spiritual songs -- Ionized inspiration: can a human voice be heard? Guthrie ; foreword by Jeremy S. Adding to this rich tradition of interdisciplinary dialogue is Steven Guthrie who, in his ambitious and engaging work, explores the various reasons why many have found these distinct disciplines so congenial.
Is There Anything to Talk About Here? Readers well-versed in pneumatology will find new ideas and authors from the realm of aesthetics and musicology: famous philosopher-artists who are quoted often in such discussions. Ionized Inspiration: Can a Human Voice Be Heard? Beautiful, Beautiful Zion: The Spirit and Completion 10. Through his exploration of the many different connections between art and spirituality, Guthrie uses the arts as a creative lens for exploring the Holy Spirit and offers a unique introduction to pneumatology. That perfection is instead attributed to the Author and Creator of all, whom this book glorifies, as Guthrie rejoices in the gifts and in the Gift, the Spirit who humanizes those who receive. The problem is that once you have gotten your nifty new product, the creator spirit guthrie steven r begbie jeremy gets a brief glance, maybe a once over, but it often tends to get discarded or lost with the original packaging. Guthrie carries out his project with great deftness, erudition, depth of scholarly engagement, biblical and theological insight, and respect for Scripture. But this book also stands out as a leading voice in this field because of its breadth of vision for the sources and functions of the arts in human life and because of the specificity and clarity of its theological convictions about the work of the Holy Spirit and the expansive nature of salvation offered in and through Jesus Christ.
Guthrie contributed to the , coedited Resonant Witness with Jeremy Begbie, and is the author of numerous articles. Seeing the Spirit in All Things, Seeing All Things in the Spirit: Discernment and the Restoration of Vocation 9. This clear, engaging theology of the arts will be of interest to professors and students in theology and the arts, pneumatology, and systematic theology courses as well as thoughtful lay readers, Christian artists, worship leaders, and pastors. I wonder, however, what you and other readers think. Contents Foreword by Jeremy S. Contents Foreword by Jeremy S. This is a useful book for seminary courses on pneumatology or theology and the arts and for theologians working in these areas.
It has clear theology of the Spirit and creation. It is a well written, engaging treatment of this issue, however, and reflects the author's sustained scholarly attention to the relationship between Christianity and the Arts. Perfection, Proportion, and Pleasure: The Spirit and Beauty Epilogue: The Museum of Spirituality Indexes. Indeed, Creator Spirit itself reflects the beauty that its author seeks to describe. In his last two chapters, Guthrie takes on the topic of beauty—a topic far too big for two chapters. This clear, engaging theology of the arts will be of interest to professors and students in theology and the arts, pneumatology, and systematic theology courses as well as thoughtful lay readers, Christian artists, worship leaders, and pastors.